Friday, September 16, 2016

For three decades, glaucoma has slowly robbed Sandra Angel of her sight, a side effect of taking steroid medication for her asthma for years. Her peripheral vision is all but gone, and at times the things and people directly in front of her appear as if behind parchment paper or a lace veil.

But other times, the world within her field of vision is crystal clear, and the 72-year-old Santa Rosa resident marvels at blue sky and green trees.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Two bills designed to restore public confidence in the California Coastal Commission were killed by powerful developer and oil industry lobbyists this legislative session.

Assembly Bill 2002 (AB 2002), by Mark Stone, Toni Atkins, and Marc Levine, would have required consultants who influence the commission to register as lobbyists. Senate Bill 1190 (SB 1190), by Hannah-Beth Jackson, would have ended the practice of ex parte, or private, communications between individuals and commissioners while the commission is presiding over quasi-judicial matters, which are similar to court cases.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

After months of debate, the California legislature finally reversed a decades-old law that prohibited Californians’ constitutionally protected right to the ballot selfie. That is, the right to post online a photo of yourself alongside your completed ballot, marked for the candidates and ballot measures of your choice.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The legislature of California has passed a bill to declare denim as the official fabric of the state. The assembly approved the bill with 59 votes in its favour and 3 against it. According to the bill, the reason behind this proposal is the interwoven history of the fabric and the state. Denim is said to have been a part of California's history since 1850s.

Friday, September 2, 2016

There's a tired sports cliché that goes something like, "You can't stop him; you can only hope to contain him."

That's pretty much the situation when it comes to gridlock on Highway 101 in Marin County. It's not improving anytime soon — those cars aren't going anywhere — so the only thing left to do is try to manage it and make it somewhat less miserable.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO –The California Legislature passed a bill to ensure that the state and its range of public agencies will not contract with businesses engaging in discriminatory boycotts against minority groups, including businesses that undermine California’s relationship with Israel. The State Assembly overwhelmingly passed AB 2844, the California Combating BDS Act, with a 69-1 vote, concurring with the State Senate, which passed the legislation by a vote of 34-1 on Aug. 24.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

SACRAMENTO — Summer is more than halfway over, which means the end of the 2016 boating season is almost here. Also coming to a close soon is the 2016 state legislative session. Accordingly a handful of bills that survived deliberations and votes on the assembly and senate floors are now en route to the governor’s desk for approval or veto.

Gov. Jerry Brown has already signed one boating-themed bill into law: Assembly Bill 1829 (AB 1829).